New technology is giving people interested in plastic surgery a new way of trying before buying. It's a new 3-D camera system called VECTRA that's designed to give patients a view of the 'after' before they actually commit to the surgery.
"You want to like the face you see when you're finished with the surgery" explains Lydia, a potential face-lift patient in consultation with Dr. Marc Salzman.
As Dr. Salzman manipulates a 3-D image of Lydia's face he shows her how her neck will look with just a little taken in and then more volume added to her cheeks. As Lydia looks over the transformation she says, "I like that it still looks like me."
"What VECTRA does" says Dr. Salzman, "is take pictures with 5 different cameras, and then produce an image that we can rotate in any direction we want and augment both, make their breasts bigger with implants of different sizes and different shapes. Show what their face looks like, contouring their jowls, making their cheeks bigger, making their nose smaller. Adding a chin implant and then show them from all of the different angles."
Salzman is among the first Plastic Surgeons in the country to purchase and provide the technology. He uses it during consultations and is able to manipulate the 3-D images based on patient requests. The patients then see end results for everything from breast augmentations to rhinoplasties. They're given a before and after view of their image and are able to request changes if they see something they don't like, before the real changes are made.
"We think it really provides our patients a much better operative plan," says Dr. Salzman. Since using the VECTRA he says the number of consultations that go on to surgery has increased and that's not the only increase he's seeing.
"Our implant sizes have gone up," he says. The computer technology that goes with the VECTRA is able to rotate in every angle showing the before and after and Salzman says "this is a much more realistic representation." In most Plastic Surgery offices, breast augmentation patients rely on sizing bras to get an idea of the new breast size.
Whatever the planned procedure, Dr. Salzman believes his nearly $40,000 investment in VECTRA will pay off in satisfied patients, "because I think they feel more comfortable of what we're telling them we're going to be able to produce."
And more comfortable in making a decision that is life-lasting. As Lydia still contemplates her own future she's now convinced when she takes the plunge she'll look in the mirror and see, "I look younger, I don't look like I had a facelift."
There's no additional consultation fee to patients using the VECTRA.
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